Never in my life would I believe that a book about cathedrals would interest me. I was captivated by this book! Must read.
Follett is not a great writer. His prose is mundane and his characters stock. But this was an excellent book to listen to while driving; especially if you are interested in English history.
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A story about a monk building a church probably shouldn't be entertaining for over 40 hours but this one certainly is! This story involves a couple generations rebuilding a church in medieval times. Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, leads the way in financing and building a new cathedral.
I was drawn into the stories of the individuals fighting to maintain or improve their own existences as well as build or in some instances destroy the new church. Good vs Evil, both internally as well as externally runs throughout these stories.
I really enjoyed listening to John Lee's performance. He did a wonderful job with the different characters and the telling of the story. Well worth the credit spent!
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook! I had read the novel several years ago, and returned to this title in audiobook format to break up a long commute to work. Good choice! From the very first page, the author engages the listeners with an immediate connection to the characters. There's plenty of drama, mixed with architectural instruction against an historical backdrop. Follett has a true talent for blending all of these elements into a captivating story.
My personal favorite was Ellen's "pissing scene". If you didn't pick up on her spunk before that scene, her tirade left no doubt. It was a graphic illustration of how frustrating it must have been for women of that era to be living amongst self-righteous, pseudo-intellectual men.
I did read the book first, and enjoyed it immensely. John Lee's narration was excellent, and did, actually, enhance the story for me.
I resisted recommendations to read this novel for a long time. I mean, really...twelfth-century English monks building a cathedral? Sounded so boring to me. Then my aunt pushed the paperback into my hands as I was leaving for a trip, and I opened it on the plane for lack of a better alternative. The plane landed too soon! I was hooked from the first pages, and enjoyed the audiobook just as much several years later.
Reading about peasant life in the middle ages is not the sort of thing that sounds interesting to me - but the rich story, well developed and interesting characters, and great reading performance by John Lee makes "Pillars" a book for the ages.
A great book, lots of little twists and turns, unpredictable and chaotic throuought with great characters and villains, real people living through struggles that you might find corilated to your own life on one level or another.
I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?
The narration brought life to the otherwise unidimensional characters
The accents were vaguely engaging
It inspires me to watch the movie The Name of the Rose again. A much richer story!
Oddly engaging for such a very simplistically written novel
Absolutely! Anyone who is interested in early 12th century England with history, drama and great characters should love this.
Improvising certain characters voices, ex.: French men with French accents.
Alianna. Strong and independent will for a girl in medieval times who tries to survive when in dire circumstances.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
WOW!! I've seen the series on Starz first and I thought hay not bad!! So I've read about ten Follett books and John Lee as the narrator and love them. I've always saved Pillars because I know the story,mistake!!! This is one of my favorite books so far I couldn't put it down and hated when it ended... The book story is better and different than the series. The only thing I can say is you must read this book. I found a treasure I've had for a year and never took them time to listen!! That's when you know you have a great book. After you finish this book go straight to World Without End it's great too Ken picks up 100 years after Pillars ended!!!!
I listen to my audiobooks while walking. I was so excited to hear the next pages of Follett's book that I went walking more than ever.
I don't listen to books again if I know what is going to happen. A big part of my interest for the book was the suspense in each page.
All the combat scenes: very well described.